I'm neither disappointed nor ecstatic about any of our FA moves, losing Holcomb sucks (still haven't heard the money details yet) but our pickups seem to be in positions of need and/or depth. As far as the O line from last year goes, ST made a valid point, I'm not sure a group of studs could handle the 5 wide zero backfield 7 step drop back sets against a blitz and be successful. That O line was built for quick set ups and running the ball. Maybe the guys we have look better in Eric B's system?? We still need a LT that can root himself into the ground and be an anchor so hopefully we go that way in the draft. A TE at 16 hmm, lets look at some history.
Here's the 1st round pick TE's since 2000
2000: Bubba Franks -14 - Packers, Anthony Becht - 27 - Jets
2001: Todd Heap - 31 - Ravens
2002: Jeremy Shockey - 14 - Giants, Dan Graham - 21 - Pats, Jerramy Stevens - 28 - Seahawks
2003: Dallas Clark - 24 -Colts
2004: Kellen Winslow Jr - 6 - Browns, Ben Watson - 32 - Pats
2005: Heath Miller -30 - Virginia
2006: Vernon Davis - 6 - 9'ers, Marcedes Lewis 28 - Jax
2007: Greg Olsen - 31 - Panthers
2008: Dustin Keller - 30 - Jets
2009: Brandon Pettigrew - 20 - Lions
2010: Jermaine Gresham - 21 - Bengals
2013: Tyler Eifert - 21 - Bengals
2014: Eric Ebron - 10 - Lions
2017: O.J. Howards - 19 - Bucs, Evan Engram - 23 - Giants, David Njoku - 29 - Browns
2018: Hayden Hurst - 25 - Ravens
2019: T.J. Hockenson - 8 - Lions, Noah Frant - 20 - Broncos
2021: Kyle Pitts - 4 - Falcons
A couple players with some good years but nothing to write home about for longevity and lights out game changers. For most of these picks I feel the beginning of the movie Major League when they're reading the roster with everyone saying "who the fuck are deez guys."
I'd stay away from TE at 16 as it appears the hidden gems in the later rounds is where it's at. Now Chris stated he'd take the 2nd best LT if on the board, but what if the number 1 CB is still there?
Good pod gents especially with nothing SPECTACULAR as far as FA signings go. My thoughts on Payne have become more favorable after the stats comparison by Chris as well.